Harper Lee Renews Lawsuit, Ray Bradbury’s House for Sale, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.21.14

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Harper Lee has reinstated her lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama; the To Kill a Mockingbird author, who originally sued the museum for attempting to capitalize on her famous novel, claims that the museum tried to change the terms of an agreement settled in February. (New York Times)

The Los Angeles home of novelist Ray Bradbury, who died at age ninety-one in 2012, is on sale for $1.5 million. (Los Angeles Times)

Simon & Schuster has made a deal to release ten thousand titles from its e-book backlist to digital subscription services Oyster and Scribd. (Publishers Weekly)

The Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania is expanding its Philadelphia location, breaking ground on a digital recording studio to help add to its already extensive recorded archives. (NewsWorks)

A Brooklyn eighth-grade student has become one of the youngest self-published authors, with two books of more than two hundred pages to her credit. (CBS News)

This week marks the anniversary of Honoré de Balzac’s birth, and the Paris Review examines his 1829 novel The Physiology of Marriage.

The Telegraph considers the current popularity of the short story as a form, noting differences between the American and British literary climates. 

The Huffington Post offers an infographic of the hatred various authors have expressed for each other’s work.